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Strong Communities Planning Grant Program

Funding Available

Applications are now open for the second round of the Planning Grant Program and are due March 15, 2024.

The Strong Communities Planning Grant Program is intended to support local governments in planning for sustainable growth and development patterns and affordable housing into the future. This program provides planning grants to help communities align policies and regulations to locate affordable housing in infill locations near jobs, transit, and everyday services; ensure new neighborhoods have housing of all types, sizes, and price points; and direct housing to areas with access to multimodal transportation options.

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What you need to know:

  • Applicants can be any Colorado municipality or county
  • Funds can be used to support the adoption of land use codes and policies that support sustainable development patterns and affordable housing
  • When paired with strategy adoption, funding may also cover:
    • Housing needs assessments or similar studies
    • Administrative expenses, including staffing
    • Water and/or energy conservation planning
  • 10% required match
  • Suggested maximum award is $200,000
  • All funds must be spent by October 2026.

Estimated Program Timeline

  • Round 1
    • Notice of Funding Availability open August 1 through October 2, 2023
    • Application review October to November 2023
    • Funds awarded in December
  • Round 2
    • Notice of Funding Availability open January 16 to March 15, 2024
    • Application review March to April 2024
    • Funds awarded in April

Who Should Apply

Eligible entities include municipalities, counties, and city/counties. Communities can apply through the Division of Local Government Online Grants Portal.

Resources

The Planning Grant Program expects that communities that are awarded a grant will adopt one or more of the strategies from our list of land use best practices resources. Go to the Land Use Best Practices page for webinars, instructional videos, and case studies.

Review the documents below for additional information.

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Program Contacts

Lisa Loranger
Program Manager
303.565.6200
lisa.loranger@state.co.us

Moira Blake
Program Assistant
720.417.5696  
moira.blake@state.co.us

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